At secondary school, Deborah had the reputation of being an incredibly able and hardworking student with a confident and positive attitude. In 2004 she gained 142 out of a possible 142 credits in her NCEA Level 1 and was awarded the Year 11 Academic Excellence Cup. In her Yr 13 she passed NCEA Level 3 with an Excellence endorsement. Deborah was committed to groups like the Amnesty International, to tutoring and playing the piano and flute, as well as playing soccer for the school. Outside of school, she was an active part of her Church and a Youth Representative for the Manurewa Girls Brigade.
Deborah was awarded a First Foundation Scholarship with Telecom. "In her interview she proved herself to be a strong and engaging communicator. Her very natural, relaxed demeanour and her interpersonal strengths, along with her music teaching and experiences dealing with a wide variety of different people and cultures on a daily basis make us very confident that Deborah will be a great success in our retail stores," said Telecom's Craig Robertson when appointing Deborah as one for their 2005 Scholars.
Deborah went to AUT to study Health Science and then Midwifery. She graduated in 2009 and has worked as a self employed midwife.
Deborah is currently living in Texas with her husband, whilst he is completing his Masters degree.